hello, and welcome back to "newsline." i'm yuko aotani in tokyo. first, the headlines at this hour. a taiwanese passenger plane has got caught up in stormy weather and crashed on a smile island. people across the netherlands are mourning the victims of the downed malaysian airline after some of the bodies arrived back on dutch soil. and a chinese company has managed to avoid a default and
consequences for the market. taiwan ease authorities have launched an investigation into the crash of a passenger plane. the plane got caught up in the tail end of a typhoon. the crew tried an emergency landing but didn't make it. 48 people were killed. 10 others hurt. the transasia airways turboprop plane took off from the southern city with 58 people on board. it was headed to an island. crew members tried to land at an airport but lost communication with air traffic controllers. >> i heard a loud bang, and i thought it was thunder. then i heard her to bang and saw a ball of fire. >> japan's foreign ministry officials say most of the passengers were taiwanese. their families had to wait to find out what happened to them.
a typhoon had slammed into taiwan before the crash. the center of the storm had moved on to southern china, but it was still raining, and visibility was limited. >> translator: we apologize for the accident. >> the plane was a model called the atr-72. the twin-engine hair craft can carry up to 70 people. the same type crashed two years ago in siberia. 31 people were killed. and two years before that, another one went down in cuba, killing all 68 people on board. an international team has taken charge of the investigation into the downing of a malaysia airlines plane. the jet was shot down last week in the eastern ukraine. krafrnen forces have been fighting pro-russian separatists
in the area. malaysia airlines flight 1 from amsterdam to kuala lumpur went down last week and all people were killed. experts from the netherlands, ukraine, and russia have launched a full-scale investigation. they are conducting data in kiev. but investigators have not visited the crash site itself. pro-russian militants control the area. and on wednesday, two ukrainian fighter jets were shot down not far from the site. the australian government is considering sending a 100-member team of police and military personnel to ukraine. and dutch media say the netherlands is also considering sending troops to protect the investigators. now people across the netherlands have stopped to
honor the people killed in the downing of the malaysian airliner. most of the passengers were dutch. the remains of some of the victims have arrived on dutch soil. two planes touched down carrying the remains of 40 people. government leaders declared a day of national mourning. flags were flown at half-staff. king william alexander and the prime minister were among those who observed a moment of silence. they took the remains to a base. now investigators will try to identify them. >> translator: i hope we can ease the families' grief and pain. >> translator: when i saw the cars passing by, i couldn't hold back my tears. >> dutch leaders say it will take a few more days for all the bodies to arrive in the country.
the leader of the islamist group hamas is refusing to agree to a cease-fire with israel until his demands are met. he says the israelis must lift their economic blockade of gaza before he'll support a truce. the conflict has left nearly 700 palestinians and more than 30 israeli soldiers dead. nhk is tracking developments. >> israeli forces have hit hamas hard in the campaign to try to stop rocket fire on their country. hamas leaders want to walk away from this war with something to justify their losses. and that's what khalid michelle is trying to do. he spoke in qatar and said his group will only accept a cease-fire if leaders lift their seven-yearlong economic
blockade. top diplomats are trying to secure a permanent cease-fire. secretary of state john kerry met with mahmoud abbas. his fattah group of carries part of the region. kerry also went to tel aviv to speak with benjamin netanyahu. netanyahu has his own conditions for the cease-fire. his troops are working to destroy tunnels hamas used to try to infiltrate his country. with both sides standing their ground, the fighting looks to continue. israeli leaders have faced continued criticism for the number of civilian casualties. their war planes have hit hospitals, mosques and schools. they say hamas keeps their
rocket launchers in these places. an investigation is being launched into possible human rights abuses in the palestinian territories. >> respect for the right to life of civilians, including children, should be a foremost consideration. not abiding by these principles will amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. >> 29 council members voted in favor of the resolution, calling for an investigation. 17 members abstained. the u.s. was the lone holdout. they were staying it was one-sided. now this conflict is taking a human and economic toll. more international carriers have temporarily suspected flights toto is, israel. now a topic has been
revisited that's long divided them. it's about so-called comfort women. they are talking about a 1993 statement on the issue. the chief of the foreign ministry's bureau met the japanese delegation. they discussed the statement issued 21 years ago by the then chief cabinet member. the statement said many of the women were recruited against their will to work no brothels at the request of the japanese ministry during world war ii. excludeing those from japan, many of the women were from the korean peninsula. the statement expressed apologies and remorse. he said the japanese government conducted the study in the interest of accountability. he said there's no change in the
government's stance of upholding the statement. but the japanese were criticized for the study. it was said efforts to compromise the statement will only lead to japan's reputation being damaged. the japanese and south korean ministers are expected to attend a meeting next month. officials are hoping they can meet one on one. now police in shanghai have detained five people they suspect were involved in a scare over food safety. the employees worked for a company accused of selling expired meat to mcdonald's, kfc and other chains. a tv station exposed the scandal on sunday. it reported that workers re-packaged old beef and chicken. police say it was part of an organized effort. the company provides meat to clients in china and japan. and managers of some fast food
restaurants are having trouble finding supplies. media say investigators have begun looking into products shipped from factories across china. some 13 tons have been withdrawn in guangdong province. many chinese are sensitive about food safety, following a string of scandals over the past decade. now people who run a chinese construction company have avoided a default and calmed fears about instability spreading through the market. executives faced a bond paint of tens of millions of dollars, but they managed to raise enough money at the last minute. nhk world reports. >> reporter: the group is based here and was founded nearly 20 years ago and employees 30,000
people. its businesses include coal mining, public works such as roads and bridges and construction for the private housing market. last year, they issued a one-year bond through a bank in shanghai. the company borrowed a total of $65 million, at 7.3% interest. but the price of coal dropped sharply, and domestic sales dealt a blow to the company's bottom line. the repayment deadline was wednesday. employees arrived at the head office as usual this morning, but inside, they say it doesn't feel like an ordinary day. >> translator: i like working here. so i'm worried about what will
happen to our company. >> reporter: the company admitted there was a possibility of a default on july 16, a week before the bond was due to mature. it announced that it was not sure if it could repay the loan, including the principal. this sparked concern about the string of defaults. the local government realized that this would have a huge effect on the local economy. analysts say that they managed to avoid default on wednesday because they received aid from local government. >> i think that the provincial government just want to rescue the company, because they want to overcome the problem of unemployment.
the unemployment is very serious, to damage the society. >> reporter: continuing to bail out companies to avoid defaults poses a hazard to the economy. the chinese noted in martha he would allow a certain number of defaults to go ahead. >> translator: it's unavoidable that some financial instruments are going to suffer defalls. the government needs to strengthen and avoid systemic risks. >> reporter: the expert says it's more important for the government to change the market system to stabilize the nation's economy. >> the problem here is not how to rescue one company. the problem is how to reform the
institution and the system to reform the market structure. >> reporter: more debt-ridden chinese companies may default, causing concern over the economy, which will surely lead to financial instability. president xi jinping's government faces a difficult future as it works out whether it can stabilize the financial system while controlling defaults. nhk world. populous, prosperous, pushing ahead. china's rise brought it wealth, power, and problems. an income gap divides its people. pollution threatens their health, and differences over territory strain relations with its neighbors. find out the challenges china faces on "newsline."
japan's trade deficit from january to june is the highest ever for a half year period. rising fuel imports are causing the imbalance. financial ministry officials issued preliminary trade figures for the first half of 2014. they show a deficit of more than $74 billion. that's the largest since officials started keeping comparable data back in 1979. exports for the period rose only 3.2% in yen terms from a year earlier. they attribute the drag to slowing demand in emerging economies. on the other hand, imports for the period shot up 10%. japan a bought more liquefied gas from qatar and crude oil from saudi arabia. the deficit in june added up to
$8.1 billion. now facebook ceo mark zuckerberg has announced a spike in earnings because of strong sales in mobile advertising. sales for the world's biggest social networking site rose 61% from the previous year to $2.9 billion. net profit doubled to mo are than $790 million. facebook now has 14% more users than last year. all those users are helping to push up ad revenue. zuckerberg says people in the u.s. spent nine hours of the day using digital media, but less than an hour of that on facebook. he says there is still a lot of room for his company to grow. wendy cutler says conditions are right for concluding talks with japan for their part of the trans-pacific partnership free trade pact. >> the most difficult issues are
generally dealt with at the final stages. we feel confident that there is a shared commitment in common ground that we can reach a tpp agreement. >> american and japanese negotiators made some progress last week on beef and pork tariffs. they discussed implementing safeguards which would allow the japanese to raise tariffs temporarily if imports surge. she said talks will resume early next month in washington. some investors believe they can find some wealth in the power of the sun. two years ago, the japanese government launched a program to promote more solar power and more renewable energies. and investors from japan and abroad have rushed in to get a piece of the market. nhk world has the details. >> reporter: an array of solar panels cover this area in japan.
his initial investment was 200,000 u.s. dollars. every month he earns a profit of about $700. >> translator: i'll make another investment with the profits from the solar power operation. >> reporter: a company helped him launch his business. it's been promoting solar power to investors since the government's program got under way. power companies by electricity generated by renewable power suppliers at a price set by the government in principal for 20 years. that price is about twice as high as in germany, the country with the world's highest
installed capacity. >> translator: at first individual investors took a wait-and-see attitude. but after some people showed good results from power-generation they started paying more and more attention. >> reporter: the high price in japan has not escaped the notice of companies in the united states, europe, and asia. they are also launching solar power projects in japan. even so, some problems have surfaced since the program started. in march, about 1.2 million projects have been approved for generated solar power. but the number of projects in operation is half that figure. according to an industrial association official, the capacity of the power grid is too small to handle the surging market, which has been growing faster than expected.
another problem is gaining consent of local residents. >> translator: local people often say they can't accept a contract to lease their land because they aren't given enough explanation. >> reporter: a south korean company has been able to address such concerns. its strategy is to put the priority and building good relations with the local community. the company started to generate solar power from a 42,000 square meter field. in one year, it recorded sales of $1 million. the company entrusted the management to a local organization. the company has signed a new lease for land in the area. it invited local representatives
to its groundbreaking ceremony. >> translator: as a member of this community, we hope to be of help to you. [ applause ] >> translator: we think we know the way of thinking of our business partners in japan to some extent. but the most important thing is to narrow the perception gap more. >> reporter: market players need to come up with smart strategies and well planned efforts, that's because japan has a limbited lad while who are and more companies are entering the business. every morning, investors turn their attention to asia. the tokyo market leads the way.
and markets around the world follow. >> from the decisions that could change the course of an economy. >> to the companies at the forefront of change. >> up-to-the minute market reports. >> and analysis from specialists around the world. >> get all the latest business news and insight every day here on "newsline." time for a check of the weather. people in the southern part of china are dealing with stormy conditions. for the details of that and more, here's mai shoji. >> the system which was a typhoon that slammed into typhoon last night is now lingering over southern china. it is now tropical storm status, so it is steadily decreasing its intensity picked up its pace and winds are around 90 kilometers per hour. for now it will likely pound the area with staggering amounts of
rainfall. this area has been hit with a storm system lingering for quite some time. more rain will heighten the risk of further landslides, mudslides as well as flooding. that surge of moisture will be pounding the western coast of the philippines yet again. what this system is going to be doing again, even if it downgrades to a tropical depression over the next several hours, looks like it's going to be merging with this seasonal band. and likely to become quite potent low-pressure system. so these areas will be seeing lots of rainfall now and quite some gusty conditions. that's likely to pound in and around north korea. 400 millimeters of additional rainfall to be held in the korean peninsula into seoul. so this is an area we should be really monitoring for flooding. for japan, this is the trend. it's really hot. it has been really hot for the
past couple days, and it's likely to continue into the weekend. this is a beautiful picture of sunflowers taken in fukuoka. the temperatures will be hot, so try not to stay too much out in the sun. here across the u.s. we have a lot of trends here. it was really stormy in oklahoma city. take a look at some photos coming out from there. especially after the daytime heating. the mid section of the u.s. will be dealing with the heat coming up ahead. but now this system will be impacting saskatchewan. and the warmth is extending all the way down into the mid section of the u.s. there's a drastic difference in the temperatures. take a look at this. denver will be really hot, but chicago below the average range into your saturday. try to watch out for these dramatic temperature differences. here in central europe, things
are really rough across this area. it has been rough for quite some team. italy has had a few tornado touchdowns a couple days ago. so this system will still be likely to pound the similar locations with large hail, gusty conditions as well as thunderstorms in the area. the north is looking really hot as well as the iberian peninsula. madrid looking at 36 degrees for your high with plenty of sunshine and oslo, the same goes and beam apeople are enjoying t. i'm sure people are on vacation looking for a cool place to go. it could be one of the hottest places on earth. people looking for a place to cool down in the fountains. with this heat to prevail into friday, watch out. it will be on a cooling down trend, but still above the average range across some of these cities.
one more story before we go. tourists visiting a castle in western japan are enjoying a brief break from the summer heat with the help of a little ninja trick. a volunteer dressed as a nen gentleman sprays visitors to the castle with a cool mist. a guide service began this year. the visitors get the treat once they make it up to the top of the castle. they have to cope with the strong sun and temperatures that rise well above 30 degrees celsius. if there are a lot of tourists, the ninja will use a technique to split into two ninjas.
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